President Discusses California Sanctuary State Law CSPAN May 16, 2018 10:11pm-11:07pm EDT
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illegal immigrant criminals -- provide safe harbor to some of the most vicious offenders on earth. like gang members putting innocent men, women and children at the mercy of these sadistic criminals. by the thousands. ms13 we're grabbing them by the thousands and we're getting them out. we're also joined by attorney general jeff sessions. jeff, thank you. the secretary of homeland security kirstjen nielsen. secretary, thank you very much. i know you folks are keeping busy, right? >> yes. >> keeping busy at those borders. and deputy tom homan who is going to be leaving us soon for a life of retirement. >> oh. >> but there's no such thing as retirement. [ applause ]
. >> we appreciate it very much, tom. incredible. >> i know. >> also with us is house majority leader kevin mccarthy who has been a special friend of mine. he represents california's 23rd congressional district and he is very, very popular. and i just recently saw a poll of kevin. i think the opposition might as well just go home because kevin, they love him out there and he's done an incredible job. he's brought it home. and we appreciate it, kevin. >> thank you. >> a great job you've done for the country. thank you very much. unfortunately, congress, and i'd have to say congressional democrats, you look at what's going on and what's going on with the law. whether it's catch and release. whether it's any of the things that we're fighting for so hard. now we have started the wall. we're spending 1.6 billion between fixing and starting.
you know melissa what's been going on. we're getting it up. we have a lot of folks in california that don't talk about it. but they want the law up and they're very happy. that's one of the reasons we started in california. but we made a lot of progress on it. and now we're going for the full funding for the wall that we're going to try to get that as soon as possible. but it's become a very popular issue. in january the los angeles police department arrested an illegal immigrant from mexico for drug possession. instead of honoring the detainer, they set him free. just a few weeks later he was arrested again. this time for murder. so they arrested him. they had him. they let him go. tom, you've seen this. they let him go. and he killed somebody. and it's happening more and more. and we get them out as fast as we
can. we have the worst laws anywhere in the world for illegal immigration. there's no place in the world that has laws like we do. catch and release. think of it. we catch somebody.
we find out they're criminals. we end up having to release
them. and they go into our society. now, we do the best we can. i tell you, we do better than anybody. and our numbers are much better than in the past. but they're not nearly acceptable and not nearly as good as what we could have. we're down 40% from those other standards. so that's really good. meaning 40% crossings. so that's good. but we can do -- we can do much better. part of the problem that we have is our economy is so strong that people are pouring up to get into our economy. they want a piece of our economy. and that makes the job even tougher. but we want to keep -- we want people based on merit. we want people to come into our country based on merit. we're not looking to keep them out. we're looking to bring them in. we need them. we have companies moving back into the united states like never before. chrysler is opening up now in
michigan. we have so many companies actually coming from mexico even and coming back in. so we want people coming in based on merits. we all remember the tragic case of maryland in california who has murdered by an illegal immigrant who had been arrested six times prior to breaking intro marilyn's home, raping her and beating her to death with a hammer. and this is one example. but there are many examples. i've been saying it for a long time. we cannot let this butchery happen in america. the state of california's attempts to nullify federal law have forced a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured. they want border security. they want protection. that's what we're all about.
we're about protection. both from international and frankly from people crossing a border frequently. i will now go around the room and ask these incredible mayors and officials to describe their brave stance on behalf of their constituen constituents. they're very popular. very well-respected. these are the top people. and they are people that other people listen to. and they listen to them from around the country. so i'll begin by asking california assembly woman melissa menendez. you have been an inspiration to a lot of people. maybe you could say a few words and we'll go right around the room. >> thank you, mr. president. i just want to start off by saying on behalf of everyone here, thank you for inviting us. there are more people in california, i think, than you know who report what they're doing. who believe in your agenda during the border. everywhere in between from san francisco to los angeles. there's people who want to see
. >> we brought $2 billion in investment to our city and we opted for san diego in the economic problem. i am passionate about it when i go back to california. we are going to make sure the grass root that you see today, we are with you. we need to build that wall. we need to end the swaranctuary city. 10,000 illegal criminals have been released under the sanctuary state. >> it really got bad and now it's reversing. it's a big change. people don't want sanctuary cities. they're dangerous. people don't want it anymore. >> people support us. 65% of the hispanic support it. the liberal. the democrat.
95% is with us. >> i tell you, i had a lot more support in the state of california than people understand. check the voting records, folks. >> i'm crystal from the city of san francisco. can i speak frankly? >> yes. >> i'm sitting here in this room in awe of god's power. how he can take someone who was homeless in a tent, make them a mayor of a city and bring them before the president of the united states of america who wants to hear the cries of our people, and that's what is going on. our people are the ones hurting. sacramento is angry because they lost an election. for gods sake, get over it. they're angry, and do you know what, now they're more angry. they're releasing these criminals not by their houses. they're releasing them by our houses. our children is at risk. my community is our family. you're putting my family at risk. every day we're getting more and more reports from the police department about how they can't
arrest these people. they arrest them and everything is a misdemeanor because it's not me or jerry brown's house. it's not near the elected officials house. it's in our communities. and we're tired of it. we need help, mr. president. we need help in protecting the city of sacramento. the state of california. all of us need help getting this solved. i was just at a church the other day. i was at my church and i went over to another one. a hispanic church. and all the people from the hispanic church were out there. and they all came up to me. do you send mr. -- tell mr. trump that we have a message for him. we want help. you see, every one of us came from somewhere else. we all came from different countries. my husband is from mexico. my family came way back from before the revolutionary war and eve been fighting for this country ever since. fighting for the constitution al rights of our country. i'm not going to stop fighting for those rights. >> i'm sorry. look. it's coming back and it's coming
back fast. faster than even the people in this room understand. kevin understands what's happening. you see it maybe better than anybody. but it's coming back. people are tired of this nonsense and it's happening. so don't give up the fight. don't give up the fight. >> you are our leader. >> thank you. >> and thank god for you. >> thank you very much. and yours is an amazing story. thank you. >> thank you. >> very good. thank you. >> mr. president, i'm the elected sheriff of el dhe wil e county, california. we just want to do our jobs. we want to do what the people elected to us do. that is respect our constitution. and keep our communities safe. when this bill was being heard in legislature and going through, we have in california where we meet with the legislature. it fell through. and what literally disgusted me was a common term that we heard
throughout the discussion of sp54 from different lejgislator is we know what the bill is but it's great politics. that's wrong. because this bill jeopardizes public safety in our communities. we're not immigration officers. we never have been. and we're never going to be. we just want to be able to cooperate with our federal partners so that these folks that end up in our custody and need to be deported get deported. >> i tell you what, it's not bad politics anymore if you look at what is going on. because i think more than any place right now , there's a revolution going on in california. they want safety. they had the mayor of oakland where i read that you had a thousand people. tom, you know this because it was your deal. a thousand people together. many of these were illegals. they were criminals. she informed them and they all fled or most of them fled.
and that whole operation that took a long time to put together, you talk about obstruction of justice. i would recommend that you look into obstruction of justice for the mayor of san francisco. you worked on that long and hard. and you got there and there were very few people there. to me, that's obstruction of justice. and perhaps the department of justice can look into that with respect to the mayor. because it's a big deal out there. and a lot of people are very angry about what happened. there's a lot of hard work and a lot of danger involved. and that was a terrible thing. yes, ma'am. >> mr. president, i'm tasha johnson from the city of lake elsinore. as the mayor i took a position and adopted a resolution. it was based on our
constitutional duty to serve. i think everyone that was selected knows that public safety is the number one priority. but we can't say we are public safety driven and also turn a blind eye to what is happening. it was courage and maybe a little risk. we were not risk out as one of the first cities to take a position. i think i'm more proud of the fact that we were just listening to what our community wanted, and they don't want it. they clearly don't want to have an overreach of their rights. and that's what really this stands for. so as far as the city of lake elsinore, i think sp54 is a very -- is a great representation. and i think maybe especially sacramento about the silent approach right before nine le9/ some of the things we can look
back in history and see. it's going to take a coalition or a revolution. i'm completely impressed with the room and what we stand for. this isn't a fight. this is a battle. this is a war. and i know that this is just the beginning. >> thank you. >> thank you. secretary nielsen. >> just -- mostly just say thank you for your leadership, sir. and we're here to celebrate history and celebrate law enforcement. everyone in this room is an enforcer of the law and i thank you for that. and i thank you for your leadership. i greatly appreciate it. and the director will give some more details on the dangers of these cities which you are living as you are officers.
but i just
want to hear from you and just thank you for your partnership and for standing up for your communities. >> thank you. >> thank you. . >> you're doing a good job and it's not an easy job. i know what you're going through right now with families. it's very tough. but those are the bad laws that the democrats gave us. we have to break up families. the democrats gave us that law. a horrible thing. we have to break up families. the democrats gave us that law and they don't want to do anything about it. they don't want to make any changes. and now you're breaking up families because of the democrats. it's terrible. >> yeah. >> how are you doing there, president trump. i'm troy edgar. it's an honor to be here. >> you know, i just want to say thank you for inviting us also to the residence earlier today. it's a previous thing and being able to be on the city council of a small city, it's people like you that are actually bringing the people back to the people's house. your house. our house. you know, going through i also
want to say thank you to secretary nielsen. there's a gentleman in our community who is the officer. we came out. we were the first city. he called right away. i came out -- things like poe potentially putting some of the attorney general say the base in our military town or offset the cost. we appreciate everything you're doing. we're going to plan on intercepting you at the appeals court. >> maybe we could join in with you, though. we could perhaps join in with you. because we have a lot of cases like that where we're with you 100% but we're not in paper.
so we'll join in with you. if at all possible, we would like to do that. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank you, mr. president. and it's an honor to meet you and thank you so much for the invitation. i served on the council for the last three years. but i've also served on the community council for the power plant. and they said before we testify at congress. [ inaudible conversations ] >> we know that terrorists are coming in. with respect to the power plant, that is number one that has the worst safety record in the nation. and one of the questions that i have -- [ inaudible conversations ] >> coming in alongside. >> exactly. >> you can't get into that power
plant with really driving in. so i asked them during one of the meetings, have you put a no fly zone with respect to the power plant. so i said what would happen if those airplanes flew in in a know fly zone. he said no. and that was on the record. so i just think that it's a thing that can happen on an active earthquake falls in a tsunami storm where there is storing and improperly stored and there's no security. >> we'll check it out. >> okay. >> it doesn't sound too good. [ laughing ] >> it doesn't sound like it should. we'll check it out. thank you very much. okay, margaret. >> thank you, mr. president. sheriffs in california are in a horrible position when it comes
to try to figure out. we have state law. we have federal laws. and here we are stuck in the middle. especially because most of us run our community jails. when there became a legal challenge for the 48 hour hold for ice, it was very frustrating for us. so what i did was invited ice to put their officers in my jail so they're able to do their work. we didn't have the staffing to be able to help figure out who they wanted to talk to. i said come on in. work with our people to keep our communities safe. two weeks later, mr. president, someone was murdered. now, i wasn't only the sheriff to do that. the sheriff did. sheriff christiansen. it was perfect. because we didn't have to take our time with our staff to do anything. ice was in there doing their work in a safe, controlled environment. and then the initiative started happening. the trust act. the truth act. and finally the values act. and that was causing us all kinds of turmoil. so here we are stuck in the middle trying to decide we have federal law.
we have state law. and that's why i welcomed attorney general sessions lawsuit. because that will provide us clarity that we need. what do we do? because here we are. and i appreciate mr. holman. we had a great relationship. we still do. but now ice is the only law enforcement agency that cannot use our databases to find the bad guys. they cannot come in and talk to people in our jail, unless they reach a certain threshold. they can't do all kinds of things that other law enforcement agencies can do. and it's really put us in a very bad position. it's a disgrace. >> and we're checking on that and we're working hard. they can all come together. because people want it to come together. it's so ridiculous. the concept that we're even talking about is ridiculous. we'll take care of it, margaret. >> thank you. i know about if they don't meet a certain threshold, i cannot do
it enough. >> we have people trying to come into the country. we're stopping a lot of them. but we're taking people out of the country. you wouldn't believe how bad these people are. these aren't people. they're animals. and we're taking them out of the country at a level and rate that's never happened before. and because ever tof the weak l they come in fast. we get them, we release them, we get them again. we bring p them out. it's crazy. as i said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world. so we're going to take care of it, margaret. we'll get it done. we're going to ask that man right there, because that man can do it. [ laughing ] >> right now he's the most important man in the room. [ laughing ] >> kevin can do it. kevin. >> first of all, i want to thank all of you. because most people around the country do not realize how your hands are tied behind your back. the only thing you want to do is to have safe streets, safe
neighborhoods and protect your community. and for california legislature to go against the constitution, one of the greatest strengths of this nation we're fortunate to be in this room is the rule of law. they're breaking down society by breaking down the rule of law. you have a known criminal that you can't communicate with. we know how bad this is. but from one aspect, we should be excited. because we have a new president that understands this problem. since he has taken office, we have lowered the illegal crossings across this border. that stops gang members from coming across. he has started building the wall. 1.6 billion. do you know where that wall is starting to be built? in california. he has pushed a number of bills through. one to try to stop sanctuary
cities to stop those that uphold the constitution. do you know what is interesting. >> i saw him sign one similar just the other day. because he watched what was happening as well. so collectively, it was city council's and sheriffs. city council not your full-time job but you listen to your community. you saw the problem going on. so things are improving. that's why i'm so thankful to this president to call us together. because collectively we'll be stronger. the secretary is doing an amazing job. i'll tell you the number of jobs we meet or call at all hours of the night trying to make sure we can protect us. the attorney general just talked to me last night around 10:00. so that from perspective, we are in this together, but we're in it for the constitution. we're in it for the security and the safety of our streets, and i thank you for leading us. >> we want to thank you, kevin. you've done an incredible job. and you're sort of going against the tide. but now the tide is with us
because you see it in the room. a year ago, two years ago this would be unthinkable talking about the way we're talking. but you're fed up with what is happening. kevin, thank you very much. you're doing really great. stacy. >> thank you very much. i just want to say thank you for your leadership in your office and on this issue. i'm delighted and privileged to be here. and it is so wonderful to be here among all of you as well. because you're all on the front lines in your own communities fighting this fight. i have -- i was born and raised in california. been an attorney there for 24 years. got my start in the law when three strikes was starting out in california and developed a real passion for prosecution. i've been -- i was the appointed district attorney and i've been the elected district attorney now for four years. and in the last four years, i have seen california become a disaster. it's been tragic to watch my
state pass laws. but basically have sent our communities into a very dangerous place. in the county, we're a very small community. but i'm pleased to say when you're talking about people in california, they voted overwhelmingly for you in california. i believe we had the highest margin in all of 58 counties in california. you are loved in latham county. and i believe that to a certain extent we are sort of a forgotten part of california. we are rural california. and we do not stand for the policies in sacramento. we have a horrible problem in our public lands, in our forests. we've got illegals, marijuana -- excuse me. drug cartels that have come up to grow on our public lands and in our forests.
and they are killing wildlife. >> there's nothing you can do about it. >> we work with department of wild life who file charges and do the best they can. but these people are coming into our forest. they're endangering our citizens. they are armed. they're setting up camps and they're growing mass amounts of marijuana on our public land. they are killing wildlife. they're diverting streams. the damage that they're causing both to the economy and to our public land is going to be generational. a large portion of these people that are coming in to do this are illegal immigrants. because of the legalization of marijuana in california, now we're seeing those same individuals working with other groups. the asian groups, the russian groups, the motorcycle groups. all kinds of organized crime. it's bringing into rural california -- >> the legalization made it worse. >> the legalization made it worse, yes. i believe the legalization made
it worse. i've been appalled as a district attorney, someone who is sworn to uphold the constitution and the laws of the state that we have fallen so far in california. we also have other issues. we are prosecuting an illegal immigrant right now who has been deported several times and has had a violent criminal history who hit and killed a 16-year-old kid. a boy in our community and fled the scene. his case is pending right now. after i dropped the suit, i was probably served with a gag order to prevent me from talking about the case. it's been very frustrating. also i have received correspondence. and i know that every da's office in california has received correspondence from the aclu and their affiliate organizations pursuant to the freedom of information act in the public california information act wanting to know what policies we want to know --
we want to see what policies your office is implementing. what have you done to ensure compliance with sb54. well, the response from my office was very simple. we have nothing. because this office will stand for the rule of law. lassen county stands for the rule of law. and we have no policies to give you, because we will not issue such policies from this office. we stand with you. we are delighted with the actions that you have taken, mr. sessions. the people of lassen county stand with you. i stand with you. >> thank you. >> and we appreciate everything that you're doing. >> yes. thank you. >> you're welcome. >> beautifully said. thank you very much. tom. . >> first of all, mr. president, i want to thank you for having this meeting today. this roundtable. we appreciate this leadership. the secretary, i appreciate your leadership and how we support
the laws and i can't say enough about what you've done for law enforcement. i hear a lot of things said about sanctuary cities. i'm not as smart by any means but sanctuary cities they want your funding even though you violate law. they don't want to keep them out. to me that's just backwards. and i want to -- i just want to say separate fact from fiction, please. i hope the american people can understand the part about sanctuary cities i appreciate the american patriotism is a good fight. a right fight. the messaging of sanctuary cities and what they do. i hear it. and they don't. anybody can google these rates. over half in the first year it's
very immigrant communities in which they live. you're not protecting immigrant communities. you put a greater risk of crime. and when you enforce it tyou can take someone with safety and secure and force them in the neighborhood. you put it all together. you already put the public at risk. and we're going to find others working on the radar. so you have a greater risk of crime. you put them at a greater risk and you put the heroes, the law enforcement officers at great risk. this is what we said earlier. and i want to talk about the messaging, the mismessaging from some of these groups and some of these politicians about what i said. when you read that -- you know, sanctuary cities were also -- we don't have the ice age. we've never asked anybody. we don't want any law enforcement agent to be an ice
agent. we want them to know someone that has had another crime. you cannot do ice to give access to the jail. it doesn't make sense. and another point i want to make in defense of the same men and women, i'm sick and tired of the consta constant villifikcation of thes men and women who leave their home and defend the citizens. when you compare what we do to war crimes. we have a congressman who said "the act of ice officers that terrorize innocent immigrant communities, ice does more protecting communities than any politician ever has done".
we arrested several hundred thousand criminals and removed them from the streets. for those people that want to keep ville fying men and women. the next time you think about that, i want you to do what i did this week. i want you to go to the national law enforcement wall. i want you to read the names on those walls. there are 400 border agents and ice officers whose hearts stopped beating defending this nation. this is a dishonor to these men and women to give the ultimate sacrifice. so think twice before you do it. the hate that i take won't stop until the day my heart stops beating. this fight doesn't end with me. i'll stay engaged and keep fighting for you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> i've worked for six presidents. and i respect them all. but no president has done more
than you for border security and law enforcement. i think every law enforcement officer at this table would agree with me. >> thank you very much. thanks. that's a great complement. because you have indeed worked for all six respected you greatly. none more than me. thank you very much. i just wish you could have said that to the press. [ laughing ] >> you have such a beautiful full head of hair. i appreciate it. that's really nice. thank you very much. elaine. >> good afternoon, mr. president, and thank you for inviting us here to share our thoughts with you. i'm elaine jenawa, mayor of the city in orange county, california. really appreciate the opportunity to let you know what our residents are feeling. but please let the men and women of ice know they have our gratitude and our deep, deep appreciation for what they do. but, you know, laguna niguel
took a stance because that is the greatest threat to the safety of all of california residents. all of our residents, all of our communities. and that includes our immigrant communities. the siloing or preventing law enforcement agencies from talking to each other is a threat to our agents and to the communities. and our country learned a very tragic lesson on september 11th. and that's what happens when law enforcement does not communicate. so isn't it ironic that in an age of calls for increased transparency that the california legislature wants to prevent that? so we think that all of our residents deserve to live in a safe community. and also, mr. president, there is an area where we need your assistance with. we will support you on preventing sb54 and upholding what ice does. but in california, we need your
help with sober living homes. orange county has become known as the recap riviera. so hr5724 is just being introduced, and we would like help with that. because local control is being attacked from sacramento every single day. and that is one other issue. okay. thank you. all right. thank you. i appreciate that. >> steve miller, would you like to say something? >> just what an honor it is to be able to work for a president who has the backs of our law enforcement officers. everything you're doing every day is saving so many lives all across this country and it's an endless opportunity to be a part of it. thank you, sir. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, mr. president. it's an honor to be here. i'm representing the largest county here today. san diego county. i have 3.5 million constituents that i'm responsible for their public safety. if you look around this room, your tiny but mighty team, this
is what governor brown classifies as low life politicians. well, here we are. you've heard about the problems. you've heard about the statistics. and i could have thought of a million things to say to you. i have a stack of 3,000 e-mails in my office. these are the e-mails that have come in. thank you. people supporting what we're doing. and i have a tiny little stack of less than 50 where people are very sad with what we're doing in san diego. >> how are things going? >> it's going. >> they want it so badly in san diego. they wanted it so badly. and i said if we build it, we will lose a big constituency because there won't be anybody saying we want the wall. but we had to build it. i know they're very happy about it. >> i would like to share with you a story. because sometimes the issue is really important and the family reached out to me. and i brought with me one single
photo on that plane since 3,000 faxes were hard to carry. alexander was gunned down by an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported. now, as the family picks up the pieces of lives that have been shattered, his killer lives openly and freely in a mow testimony -- motel. now, it's really interesting what is happening in san diego with our borders, because we've created a situation where governor brown makes san diego a great place to commit a crime. because you have options. you can either be across the border in a matter of minutes and shielded by mexico. or you have the option of simply staying put shielded by the governor. there are options, but there are real consequences for what's happening. and my heart just broke talking
to mr. mason about his son. and he describes his son dying like a filthy rat in a parking lot. while this killer gets to live freely in mexico. and being robbed is ever having the opportunity to have grandchildren now, he said something that stuck with me. he said my son was a true patriot. he was a wonderful human being. an exemplary lost because of the problems at our border. so this case and so many others, these are the faces. this is what we're fighting for. and we're all in. because we're going to fight to protect our public safety. and we are going to speak freely about this issue until we can look back at our own children and guarantee their safety in our community. thank you for your advocacy. >> thank you very much. and out source does nothing for us. >> mexico does not help with cases like this. because it will take years. >> mexico does nothing for us.
they do nothing for us. mexico talks, but they do nothing for us. especially at the border. certainly don't help as much on trades. but especially at the borders, they do nothing for us. jeff, thank you so much. >> president, it's great to be with you. it's made clear to all of us that we have to do better. we are going to do better. our department. we're reviewing everything we're doing. we're beginning to probably have twice as many prosecutions. i have a whole bunch of judges do things that we can to move this agenda forward. but i want to tell you in my opinion having been here and a lot of battles over this issue, this year, kevin, and i know we've talked about it could be the year. this is the year that we have to move congress. i've always said congress will pass anything as long as it doesn't work. you come up with a bill, it will actually improve our shares and
our options to do their job. to deport people who have entered illegally. then they object and we seem to come up short. this time let's don't come up short. we have a leader. he can articulate this message effectively. and if we all get behind our leader, we'll get something done this year. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> hi, mr. president. deputy with orange county sheriff's department. thank you so much for fighting for law enforcement. it's much appreciated. for us the biggest chew of sb54 is not the being able to investigate with law enforcement officers. since 9/11, we have done a great job of opening up the communication at the local, state and federal level and addressing our shared threat. and in communicating with ice, we were able to address the threat of getting criminal
offenders off our street. we had a program in orange county, but we were able to screen all our inmates. and some of those people that we were able to identify were people that weren't even yet on ice's radar because they were just new to the country. and so we were able to put them on our ice's radar and get them out of here. back in october of 2016, a 21-year-old that was in jail on child molestation charges. we screened that person and we were able to alert ice, and now that person is serving time and will be out of the country. but that goes away with sb54. and we're not able to talk. and that is not a good thing. we need to address those shared threats. so we will reap these bad policies that have been sewn. so lawsuits and what your administration is doing is a huge help. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. i appreciate it.
>> hi. we have the longest cul-de-sac of national training center. when we joined the brief, it was we recognized that myself and my council members with the federal law over immigration. not the same. but what is happening in listening around this table, what's happening in other communities, i haven't had anything personal from the ice of illegal immigration yet but i know it's coming. because we can't enforce anything. crime rate is up in california. and it's going to continue to rise as long as these policies are blanketed across california. and they don't -- they're not talking through the small communities. we talk to our citizens every day. they're afraid. >> we have a crime rate in the nation is way down. but in california it's up. because of the ridiculous laws.
>> yes. >> and i just appreciate, mr. president, for you here listening to our concerns. listening to us. it's going to take all of us. and i think we're ready to make the fight to california to say enough is enough. we're done. the blanketed policies across california aren't working. so we need help. i'm glad that you're making this fight known. we appreciate everyone in your staff and your administration helping and pushing through to make sure that our communities are safe. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> i appreciate it. thank you. >> mr. president, we were first and we were boldest. [ laughing ]. [ applause ] >> we've done something that no other city has done. we've actually passed an ordinance and exposed our city to the lawsuit as the mayor said. and in the experience, there's a
silent majority of patriots out there that they want this. they want us to do what we're doing. and anyone with common sense knows this california value's act was put in place to protect those that are here breaking the law. and as much as i got from this whole seerns is the citizens of our state and our city feel like we have less rights than the entitled illegal aliens. and it's what makes me really unhappy. they feel they're entitled to something that we don't even get. so, please, sir, we need your help. we appreciate your leadership. >> you gave us great leadership too, sir. >> thank you, sir. >> you did a great job. >> but the politicians in the state of california, they have commandeered the police force. and i think being the low life that we are, we're closest to
i got all these e-mails and 57% are against us, so four of them are sanctuary states and 41% against. whatever weekend, we've got all those states. >> you've done a great job. appreciate it. fantastic job. >> mr. president, thank you for having us and for being a defender and for your overwhelming support of public safety and standing with those that put their lives on the line every day. the great part about being last, there's not much else to say. [laughter] out of respect of your time, i will only add one point, and i know this is something we've had conversations with the rector and attorney general sessions and that is the issue for the
sheriffs. the federal court said honoring the detainees in the amendment puts us in a very precarious position from the point of liability standpoint. and we really need to be able to do our jobs without all of the interference going on, and certainly to reaffirm the comments we have an outstanding relationship with i.c.e.. we have an unbelievable partnership with the law-enforcement agency and there shouldn't be anybody interfering with the ability, or anybody in this room at the table today from defending people against those. there should be no interference in our ability to protect the communities and the national security. i am privileged to live in central valley where agriculture
is the number one economic industry, multibillion-dollar industry we see in the world. i.c.e. is not a sweeping through those communities. we are looking for the people. not the people that are working and seeking a better life in america sending their kids to school there out there every day in agriculture, whether that is poultry, dairy, you name it. that i isn't what we are doing. we are focused on those individuals that weaken the individual and we should be able to do that without interference. thank you for having me here. >> i'd want to thank everybody for being here. very special people, and we will bring it back and we will not fail. thank you very much.